COVID-19: Employment Law Frequently Asked Questions

Jun 18, 2021


Welcome to Richardson Law Firm PC, a trusted legal resource in the field of employment law. Our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to providing expert guidance and support to individuals and businesses facing legal challenges in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In this comprehensive FAQ section, we aim to address the most common questions and concerns regarding employment law during this unprecedented time.

1. Can my employer terminate me because of COVID-19?

Many employees are rightfully concerned about job security during the pandemic. It's important to understand that employers cannot terminate employees based solely on their exposure to or contraction of COVID-19. The law requires employers to follow specific guidelines and take necessary precautions to protect employees. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated due to COVID-19, our team can help you understand your rights and explore legal options.

2. What are my rights regarding workplace safety?

Your employer has a legal obligation to maintain a safe and healthy work environment. This includes implementing necessary safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing protocols, providing personal protective equipment, and regular sanitization. If you feel that your employer is not taking adequate steps to ensure workplace safety, it is advisable to consult a legal professional to understand your rights and potential courses of action.

3. Can I refuse to work due to COVID-19 concerns?

If you have genuine concerns about your safety at the workplace due to inadequate COVID-19 prevention measures, you may have the right to refuse work under specific circumstances. However, it is crucial to consult with an attorney to fully understand your rights and the legal implications associated with refusing to work. Every situation is unique, and our team can provide personalized guidance based on your specific circumstances.

4. How does the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) apply to COVID-19?

The FMLA provides eligible employees with job-protected, unpaid leave for specific family and medical reasons. This includes situations related to COVID-19, such as an employee's own illness or the need to care for a family member who has contracted the virus. The specific application of FMLA in relation to COVID-19 can vary, and our attorneys can help determine your eligibility and guide you through the process.

5. What financial relief options are available for employees affected by COVID-19?

Several financial relief options have been implemented to support employees impacted by the pandemic. These include enhanced unemployment benefits, paid sick leave provisions, and stimulus payments. Understanding the eligibility criteria and application process for these benefits can be complex. Our legal team can assist you in navigating the available relief options and ensure you receive the assistance you are entitled to.

6. Can employers require COVID-19 testing?

Employers may require COVID-19 testing as part of their efforts to ensure workplace safety. However, the testing must be conducted in a manner that aligns with applicable laws and regulations. It's important to consult with legal professionals who can help you understand your rights and obligations as an employee or employer when it comes to COVID-19 testing.

7. What should I do if I experience workplace discrimination related to COVID-19?

If you have experienced workplace discrimination due to your perceived or actual exposure to COVID-19, it is essential to take prompt action. Document any incidents, gather evidence, and consult with an experienced employment law attorney who can guide you through the process of filing a discrimination claim and seeking appropriate legal remedies.


At Richardson Law Firm PC, we understand the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on employment law. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to providing sound legal advice and comprehensive support to individuals navigating the complexities of workplace issues during these unprecedented times. If you have further questions or require assistance, please feel free to reach out to us for a confidential consultation.

Eugene Grobler
Great resource for employment law! 💼
Nov 11, 2023